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Sub-Principal 2nd French Horn 

We are currently recruiting for the position of Sub-Principal 2nd French Horn.

These auditions are open to international applicants. Please note successful applicants will not be offered a trial until 2017 NZSO Season.

For further information please review the attached audition information.  To apply please complete the application form and send that and your c.v. to michelle.lewis@nzso.co.nz  


Applications close: Monday 18 July 2016
Recorded auditions due by: Monday 25 July 2016
Live audition date: Friday 29 July 2016 (Wellington, New Zealand)

Information Letter

Audition Requirements
Application Form 

Casual Auditions

Musicians seeking casual work with New Zealand Symphony Orchestra are invited to apply by forwarding a copy of current c.v. and contact details to:

Michelle Lewis, Orchestra and Tours Coordinator
Email: michellel@nzso.co.nz

You must be eligible to work in New Zealand.

There are no set dates for casual auditions. Auditions are scheduled at mutually suitable times throughout the year. 

About the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra

Music Director: Edo de Waart

The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra is New Zealand’s national orchestra. One of the world’s oldest national symphony orchestras, it has charmed audiences with memorable concerts and recordings for 68 years.

Today, the NZSO is recognised as an outstanding orchestra of international stature. It continues to grow and develop artistically, taking a challenging and varied programme of music to communities throughout New Zealand.

More about the NZSO

Why move to Wellington?

Wellington is not only the country’s capital but also the arts hub of New Zealand. In addition to being the home of NZSO, it is also the residence of the Royal New Zealand Ballet, Chamber Music New Zealand, and the NZ Festival.

Wellington is one of ‘2015’s hottest cities’, according to BBC Travel:

Not only does Wellington have a bustling café and craft beer scene, but in 2015 the city of 200,000 people is celebrating its 150th year as New Zealand’s capital.

New Zealand has also been named the world’s best country, according to the 2014 Telegraph Travel Awards. It is the third year running that New Zealand has won best-country honours.

To find out more about Wellington, visit wellingtonnz.com/discover

What our players say about living in NZ

Peter Dykes, Associate Principal Oboe (originally from UK): “New Zealand is a country where there are endless opportunities to enjoy whatever one may be interested in, alongside playing in an international standard orchestra. As well as the general high standard of living in New Zealand, one can enjoy being a part of the vibrant Wellington community, where there are numerous leisure and lifestyle activities to suit every possible palate.”

Carolyn Mills, Section Principal Harp (originally from USA): “New Zealand is a fantastic place to live and work, and I feel extremely fortunate to have found myself here. I love playing with the NZSO and am always inspired by my colleagues, and by the warmth of the people here. It’s a very easy place to feel at home.”

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